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Ron, 1997 Ford explorer starter issue, short caused wires

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Hi Ron,
1997 Ford explorer starter issue, short caused wires from starter relay to melt, replaced the solenoid wire, starter, and starter relay starter will still not engage
Submitted: 7 days ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

Hi Im David, thanks for visiting the site. Go ahead and check these fuses and let me know if they are good.

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
David, this is a manual trans, when we roll it, it will start.
Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

ok, needed to know that. standby

Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

same fuses

Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

also, I want you to jumper the clutch switch

Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

Hows it going?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
the vehicle is not close to my PC, so responses are delayed. Right now I found a ground on the wire we replaced going to the starter So I need to seek that out. I have the new starter with the dongle for the technical note to use that connection. I will be using that instead of the slip on connector that was on the old starter.
Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

ok, sorry, not trying to rush. just wanting to help. let me know if you need anything.

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
David, the 12 v feed to the starter from the relay should not be reading a ground on the starter, correct?
Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

correct. power should never read to ground

Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

thats the solenoid control

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
ok then the post reads ground to starter casing. So looks like defective starter.
Customer: replied 7 days ago.
new starter
Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

and the wire looks ok?

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
we replaced wires with new ones
Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

then another starter it is my friend

Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

heres the rest of the print

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
David, after all day working on this we had the starter tested, and also tested on the truck by direct shorting to post is works, but not connected as a circuit , wire feed to the starter still gets hot. I replaced the wire feed from the solenoid to the starter with a #10 wire. but it still gets hot to the point of you cannot touch it with out getting burned. I have been a shade tree mechanic all of my 59 years of my life and this one stumps me
Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

ok. im very busy at my shop rihght now. if you cant waity i canm opt out and let another tech handle this.

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
you can have another mechanic call me.
Expert:  david craig replied 7 days ago.

ok. ill opt out. good luck

Customer: replied 7 days ago.
right now I am in a bind, I will be out of town for a few days and it will be impossible for me to do the trouble shooting.
Expert:  roy replied 7 days ago.

do you still need help??